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  • We collaborate closely with community organizations.


Our interdisciplinary research team focuses on reducing risky health behaviors among under-served urban, immigrant populations. Research staff and interventionists are bilingual and trained in Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and the MI Treatment Integrity System. Dr. Lee’s programmatic research focuses on social determinants of health behaviors such as acculturation stress; mechanisms of behavior change; health technologies to disseminate empirically-based treatments; linguistic vs. cultural adaptations; and community-based approaches to enhance minority participation in Substance Use Disorder treatment and research.

Dr. Lee is a consultant to the Suboxone Collaborative Primary Care Program at the South End Community Health Center in Boston. This is an outpatient program that is funded by SAMHSA. In addition to assisting with clinical program aspects, Dr. Lee leads practice-based research documenting program effects, including treatment retention outcomes for patients receiving Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT).

With her colleagues at Brown University, Simmons College, and University of Massachusetts, Dr. Lee heads a NIH-funded project examining Motivational Interviewing with community participants and has developed a phone-based version of MI on another NIH funded study. Dr. Lee is currently an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Department of Applied Psychology. She has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2006. In 2016, Dr. Lee was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (JCCP), a high-impact journal published by the American Psychological Association, and presently continues to do so. In 2017, Dr. Lee served on the Educational and Training Committee of APA Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) as a reviewer for student grants. Currently, Dr. Lee currently serves as the  Outreach Committee chair in Division 50. She also serves as a member of Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)’s Diversity Committee.